MOAH:Cedar launches ‘Continuum’ Youth program to expose youth to arts
J.D. Williams OW Contributor | 1/19/2018, midnight
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and MOAH:CEDAR will launch their newest exhibition, “Continuum”, featuring work by Los Angeles based artist Monica Wyatt tomorrow. The exhibition’s opening reception will be held at MOAH:CEDAR, 44857 Cedar Avenue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Monica Wyatt is an “artistic alchemist” whose works are compiled of collected materials which have been turned into precious objects. Artistic alchemy is the seemingly magical process of transformation or creation.
“My assemblages represent the three-dimensional stories that ignite my imagination: stories about relationships, childhood, time passage, nature, marriage, motherhood, and secrets never told,” said Wyatt. “I’m completely enamored of materials, textures, and three-dimensional sculpture…the rustier and crustier the better.”
Wyatt fuses the history of the materials together to create new beginnings, in an effort to explore the cyclic nature of all things. Wyatt challenges her audience to consider the aesthetic traits of each object rather than judge them by their intended use.
“Like a cycle of life, each piece starts with a human touch and is formed into something far more unique than the sum of its parts. What’s old becomes new again, hopefully something that has never before been seen,” explained Wyatt. “My artwork encourages viewers to allow their imaginations to be jostled, to look, and look again at the reimagined compositions, perhaps catching reflections of their own stories.”
"Continuum" is Wyatt’s first installation in her ongoing collaboration with curator Jill Moniz. The works on display are transformations of man-made objects into forms that signify qualities of nature. In her assemblage, electric capacitors resemble plant life and zip ties mimic deep sea creatures. The exhibition will be on display through March 3, 2018.
Together with the Museum of Art and History, MOAH:CEDAR is a catalyst for engaging diverse audiences through captivating exhibitions, innovative artists, and dynamic programming. The gallery aspires to encourage progressive ideas and experimental genres of artwork, which highlight performance, education, and studio practice.
Building on the expansion of imagination, MOAH also hosts an Arts for Youth program, directed toward K-12 students across the Antelope Valley and outlying areas, and offers students the opportunity to learn about historical and contemporary art practices through field trips to the museum’s year-round rotating exhibitions.
The Arts for Youth program revolves around docent-led tours that take students through current exhibitions and provide insightful commentary on the exhibited artists and artworks. In addition, discussions tackle questions such as ‘what is art?’, ‘how does it affect our society?’ and ‘what is its function in our community?’ Students are engaged in discussion, introduced to significant southern California artwork and encouraged to interact with the space through social media tools.
For more information about the Arts for Youth Program, call the program director at (661) 723-6212.
MOAH:CEDAR is open Thursday through Sunday from 2 - 8 p.m. For more information about Monica Wyatt’s Continuum, or other upcoming exhibitions, visit: www.lancastermoah.org.